Friday, February 23, 2018

South Kanara Temples Tour - Kukke Subramania

We reached Managalore by West Coast Express on the morning of 14th February 2018. Our train was originally scheduled to reach Mangalore Central around 4.30 am but arrived at 8.00 am only - late by 3 and 1/2 hours. We alighted and after crossing the overbridge reached the a/c waiting room on platform 1. We had a quick bath ,changed into fresh clothes and had some light breakfast at the Railway restaurant. Then we hopped onto the waiting taxi (a Toyota Etios) and were on our way to Kukke Subramania - our first place of pilgrimage on this temple tour. We reached our destination in about 90 minutes. Our friends from Bangalore, Kumar & Padmini had alreachy reached Subramania by a direct train from Bangalore and checked into Hotel SLR Residency. We met them there, had a brief coffee & conversation session and then immediately proceeded to the temple for darshan.We first visited the Adi Subramania Temple and then to the main temple and joined the queue. Chappals had to be deposited in a separate counter. Men had to remove shirts/banians before entering the sanctum. We were a few feet into the temple when we suddenly heard loud clanging of bells. We turned our head only to find an elephant squeezing in through the narrow entrance and then walking rapidly towards the sanctum. It was terrifying to see an elephant suddenly appproaching us without warning at such close proximity. We squeezed against the balustrades and let the elephant pass. We then offered prayers to Subramania,Vinayakar & Uma Maheswara when we encountered the elephant again. He(or she) was actually a gently young calf who was tethered to a corner and blessing devotees with his trunk. Later we exited and sauntered around in the open in the blazing sun, visiting souvenir & hanukkai shops and clicking selfies before repairing back to the Hotel for nice thali lunch.
After a brief rest we checked out and departed for Dharmasthala, a distance of 110 Kms.
Selfie time - Above & below
The Temple elephant below
The serpentine darshan queue
The burgeoning crowd of devotees waiting for free meals offerred by the Temple
Selfie in bright sunlight
The gopuram or entrance tower
Selfies outside the souvenir shops
The colorfully decorated chariot
The souvenir shop


  1. I would be afraid to be that close to a wandering elephant. I also wonder how long it would take to get that free meal and what does the meal consist of?

    1. This is a trained temple elephant and quite tame. But definitely fearsome when accosted unexpectedly. Temple meals are served on banana leaves.Menu consists of cooked white rice,spicy liquid curry with vegetables,butter milk and pickles/salt.No forks/spoons/knives. one has to eat with hand.

    2. The temple has a well equipped gas fired kitchen with modern equipment and can serve up to 10,000 persons daily.

  2. The appearance of the elephant in the temple is definitely 'something to write home about', in addition to "clicking selfies".
    The pictures with the crowds waiting for free meals are very impressive! The souvenir shop looks like my kind of place.

    1. We were terrified because we were caught off guard. Otherwise many temples own elephants which are used during rituals and festivities.

  3. I think that your group sets a record for taking selfies, although I noticed in Hong Kong last year that the selfie stick was a ubiquitous tool.

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